This is the solstice, the still point of the sun, its cusp and midnight, the year’s threshold and unlocking, where the past lets go of and becomes the future; the place of caught breath. Gustave Flaubert Every morning, around 5.30 I pass the Royal Poinciana and Mango trees. I noticed the beauty of the Poinciana… Read More The Blessings of Natural Abundance or Why I’m not Celebrating Christmas This Year
The festive season has come and gone in a whirl. It’s only been now that I’ve had a chance to reflect on the stresses and joys, highs and lows of this frantic season. Choosing presents can be a hit and miss affair even when Santa brings them but this year I really hit the nail… Read More In Celebration of Small Things; A Christmas Jewel
I used to long for white christmases when growing up and felt that our festivities were somehow inauthentic. Now I can appreciate that here in Australia we’re lucky to have Christmas in the middle of summer. Sure the pre-christmas shopping is frantic as you search for a shaded spot near the shops,sure white Christmases look… Read More A Tropical Festive Season
Its the quintessential Aussie thing to do on Christmas day, which in the Southern Hemisphere falls on Midsummer. This ywar I thought Id break with tradition and stay near the Swan river rather than the beaches on the Indian Ocean. Rising early, I decided to reprise my visit of two Ch5istmases past and have an… Read More In Celebration of Small Things; A Christmas Day Swim
Walking through different cities, their squares ablaze and shops bustling for the Christmas season, you have to wonder if it is really possible to buy the festive season. We are certainly encouraged to believe so Christmas is the season of love, and if you really love someone, you will buy them a present equating to… Read More Can you really buy Christmas?
For such a culturally and ethnically diverse city, Melbourne celebrates Christmas in a way that no other Australian capital city does. Being in the centre of the now crowded city brought back memories of Christmas in the Sydney of my childhood. At some stage of the Midsummer feast, we would make the trek into the… Read More A Merry Melbourne Christmas